Ecie Hursthouse has been described by her colleagues as "a selfless human dynamo” for the work she carries out as a hospice volunteer.
As the managing director of Amitabha Hospice, Ecie has spent the past 18 years building up a network of specially trained volunteer caregivers who offer support for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people with terminal illness across the Auckland region.
And as the only Buddhist hospice in the country, over a thousand caregivers have received training based on the religion’s principals of love, integrity and service.
Lisa Thompson pays a visit to Amitabha’s training centre in Avondale to meet Ecie and volunteer Glen Wilkin-Holland.
Tibetan prayer flags outside Amitabha Hospice.